Coltivare Team Opens New Bar With Anvil Alum in the Houston Heights
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I bought my daughter’s first bike helmet at Blue Line Bike Lab when it was located at 3302 White Oak. When the bike shop moved to a new location on Yale, I was worried that the 1950s-era building it used to occupy would be torn down and replaced with generic townhouses. Fortunately, Agricole Hospitality, which operates Heights staples Coltivare — which is next door — and Eight Row Flint scooped up the space. It’s now home to EZ’s Liquor Lounge, which officially opened on October 24 after the inevitable permitting delays that plague so many Houston bar and restaurant openings.
Matt Tanner co-owns the new bar. He garnered extensive experience bartending at Anvil Bar and Refuge for four years before working at Pappas Restaurants as concept beverage manager, overseeing beverage operations and developing cocktails for several Pappas restaurants and brands.
Though the bar’s atmosphere leans heavily into an easygoing Texas roadhouse vibe — it’s more Willie Nelson than Frank Sinatra — the cocktails are thoughtful, well-crafted takes on classics. More traditional offerings include EZ GNT with c
Tanner brings his creativity (and sense of humor) to cocktails such as Hillbilly Highball, an unusual concoction of s
Agricole Hospitality’s owners include notable Houston chefs Ryan Pera and Vincent Huynh, so you know there will be great food to enjoy with your drinks. The focused bar-food menu includes snacks such as pickled-jalapeño onion dip and pimento cheese with pickled okra. There is a selection of four hot dogs, including the Caliente Dog, which features a
Though EZ may not have a card table with a Crockpot, it does have a pool table and other classic Texas bar decor — including the tall Texan statue from the now-closed, iconic Houston bar, Alice’s Tall Texan. With its mix of decor, drinks and food, EZ’s Liquor Lounge is on its way to fulfilling Tanner’s vision of creating, as he says in a press release, “a place that people want to hang out day or night, with something for everyone. Our hope is for EZ’s to be that go-to, comfortable place where you come to watch sports, play games, and be with friends.”
EZ’s Liquor Lounge is open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 2 a.m.